“There are suspected jihadi terrorists in Ireland” confirms Minister for Foreign Affairs

ISIS militant
ISIS militant

The Irish government has confirmed that files exist on suspected extremists in this country and that a number of suspected jihadists are being monitored.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan confirmed the existence of the potential terrorists to Newstalk Breakfast but declined to specify how many are involved.

The senior Fine Gael politician did however say that Ireland needs to “remain vigilant”.

“There are files on jihadis in Ireland, of course there are… [but] I work closely with my colleagues in the Justice Department to ensure that any information we have is shared.”

“Ireland is very low in terms of threat, but we obviously need to remain on alert,” he said.

These comments come just a week after gardaí released a man on suspicion of attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Flanagan was speaking a day after attending a meeting of EU foreign ministers where recent terror developments, including the deadly attack in Tunisia were discussed.

It coincided with a suicide bombing in Turkey, near the Syrian border which killed 30 people and injured over 100.